FanDuel NFL Value Plays: Week 2 (2019)

Sep 11, 2019

Chris Thompson figures to be targeted early and often this week

Geoff Lambert looks at value plays for Week 2.

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If Week 1 has taught us anything, it’s that we know nothing. Here are some of the narratives going into Week 1;

  1. Lamar Jackson is going to run the ball 12-to-15 times a game and not throw it much.
  2. The Browns are going to be a dominant high-scoring offense.
  3. The Chiefs will struggle to score against Jacksonville’s defense.

Whoops. No sense crying over spilled milk, we are moving on to Week 2.

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Derek Carr (OAK): $6,600 vs. KC
This pricing of Carr was released before his dismantling of the Broncos on Monday night, which saw him go 22-for-26 for 259 yards and a touchdown. This week he gets the Chiefs’ defense that gave up 275 yards and two touchdowns to Gardner Minshew in Week 1. That wasn’t even the worst part. The Chiefs’ defense allowed the Jaguars’ sixth-round rookie quarterback to complete 88 percent of his passes — an all-time NFL record for a quarterback debut.

Running Backs

Devin Singletary (BUF): $5,700 @ NYG
The Bills’ coaching staff apparently are the only ones that could not see that Singletary, not Frank Gore, was the better running back on Sunday. Singletary had 70 yards on the ground on a mere four carries, yet Gore still had 11 carries and only 20 yards. Singletary also added 28 yards on five receptions. We can only hope the coaches look at film this week and realize that they need to get him the ball more, and against this weak Giants defense, he should have no issues finding room.

Chris Thompson (WAS): $5,300 vs. DAL
The Redskins’ defense was exposed in the second half versus the Eagles, and the Cowboys’ offense looked legit as it dismantled the Giants in Week 1. I expect the Cowboys to have no issues scoring points on this Redskins defense, which will put the ‘Skins in catch-up mode, lending Thompson an opportunity to catch a lot of passes out of the backfield. He had 10 targets last week against the Eagles and I’d expect him to get about the same again in this game.

Wide Receivers

Tyrell Williams (OAK): $5,900 vs. KC
Williams’ price tag wasn’t adjusted to account for his big performance Monday night because the prices had already been released before his game even started. The Chiefs’ defense allowed Nick Foles and Gardner Minshew to rack up over 350 yards and throw for three touchdowns. The Raiders are a much better team and Tyrell Williams looked like a true No. 1 WR, something Carr hasn’t had since Amari Cooper left for Dallas.

Marquise Brown (BAL): $5,700 vs. ARI
This is a boom-or-bust pick. Brown had a huge stat line in Week 1 with 147 yards and two touchdowns, however, he only played 14 snaps. This Arizona team is terrible at defending the pass and saw Matthew Stafford go for 385 yards while allowing two pass catchers to get over 100 yards receiving. I’m not sure you catch lightning in a bottle twice, but it will be well worth it if you can.

Tight End

C.J. Uzomah (CIN): $4,800 vs. SF
The value tight ends are a little weak on this slate, but if you’re going to go with a value play at the position, Uzomah is your guy. He played 54 snaps last week, 16 more than fellow tight end Tyler Eifert, and with those snaps he had four catches for 66 yards on five targets. Quarterback Andy Dalton isn’t going to have a lot of time against the formidable 49ers front seven, so hitting the tight end over the middle of the field becomes a popular bailout pass.


San Francisco 49ers: $3,700 @ CIN
The Bengals are going to have their hands full with this front seven. It will be hard to run on them, especially if Joe Mixon misses this game, and when Andy Dalton drops back to pass, he is going to have the 49ers’ pass rushers in his face all night.

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